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    March 23, 2013
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seen it yet. so i would at least like the ability to take a look at it so we can advise our members on what it is. i would suggest an absence of a quorum. it will only be for a very few minutes -- patience please. then we will come back in. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer: the senate will be in order. mrs. murray: mr. president, i ask the quorum call be lifted. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. murray: i'm proud of our senators for having patience for
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exactly 30 seconds. with that, i would like to yield it to the senator from idaho to offer an amendment. the presiding officer: the senator from idaho. a senator: i call up amendment 318. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from idaho, mr. crapo, proposes amendment 318. mr. crapo: i ask unanimous consent we dispense with further reading of the amendment. the presiding officer: without objection. there are two minutes of debate. mr. crapo: thank you, mr. president. this is a very straightforward amendment. in the budget that has been put forward, there is a reconciliation instruction for almost $1 trillion of new taxes. on the spending side, there is a, i think, a relatively modest amount, not adequate but at least there is an amount of health care savings in the amount of $275 billion. but interestingly, that is not in a reconciliation instruction. and so we do not have the
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protection and assistance of a reconciliation instruction for the entitlement reforms that are in the budget, but we do for the tax increases that are in the budget, which results in this interesting circumstance. the tax increases by this budget would be almost guaranteed -- well, would be guaranteed to occur because the filibuster would be avoided through reconciliation. and the reforms of the entitlement system would be guaranteed not to occur because they would face a 60-vote margin having been kept out of the reconciliation instruction. what this amendment does is put the health care savings of the budget into a reconciliation instruction so we can at least start down the path of dealing with reform of our entitlement system. mrs. murray: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: madam president, first of all, let me thank the senator from idaho who has been very involved on trying to manage us towards a better place with our federal debt and deficit. i understand his dedication. but i oppose this amendment,
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madam president, over the last several years we have enacted $1.8 trillion in spending cuts on a bipartisan basis, so we don't have any trouble cutting spending in this body right now. where we do seem to have trouble is locking in the revenue necessary to achieve a balanced deficit reduction. and i recommend that our colleagues oppose this amendment and i ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: there appears to be. the clerk will call the roll. vote: a
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the presiding officer: are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or change their vote? if not, the ayes are 47, the nays 52. the amendment is not agreed to. mrs. murray: i move to reconsider. the presiding officer: the senator from washington. a senator: lay that on the able to. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. murray: i ask that you can the following package of amendments, 17 democratic and 13 republican amendments, be considered and agreed to en bloc. shaheen 1149, blumeen that will man chain 316, wyden, 394, baucus number 267, hagan number 269, franken 263, cardin 453, udall 129, franken 47, baucus 581, casey 261, wyden-appellate
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courtman 618, leaf un4 poo as modified, manchin 499, coats 195, hoeven 319, ayotte 161, kirk number 67 is, murkowski 672, rubio 623, alexander 348, boozman 389, heller 477, hoeven 217, enzi 48, hoeven 655. this is a package that's been agreed to by both managers and i urge senators to accept it. mr. inhofe: reserving the right to object. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. inhofe: reserving the right to object. the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: i understand we're having a side-by side that was on there and i didn't hear you -- oh, okay. no objection. a senator: reserving the right to object, and i'd like to ask the chairlady, do you have foreign affairs amendments there? mrs. murray: no, that's din.
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a senator: all right. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mrs. murray: madam president, i am going to now ask for unanimous consent for a number of amendments and -- to get to final passage. i would just ask all senators that we are going to have a number of votes. we would like -- tell everyone to sit in your seat. we will get through these faster if we can take roll calls and be done quickly. so i encourage everyone to be in the room. mr. reid: i would ask consent that the next block of amendments -- we've talked to the -- everybody that's talkable -- that we would vote from our desks. there would be no recapping of the votes by the alley clerks and it would be 7.5-minute votes. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. sessions: madam chairwoman, i thank the leader. i think this has real potential.
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there still would be some votes that would go by voice vote, we would hope. but if we do this procedure in this way, i think it would speed up things and i thank the leader for that suggestion. i've heard it from our side for awhievment and i think others have. so i think it is a good idea. ferraro is there objection? d.,. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mrs. murray: i ask unanimous consent that the next amendments in order be called up be the following bar rough so 184, paul 382, vitter 526, vitter 338, cruz 471, cruz 702, lee 673, lee 521, coburn 414, coburn 416, coburn 709, port man 154, leahy 710, a side by side to senator inhofe 139 and inhofe number 139.
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there be no second-degree amendments in relation to these amendments, none be divisible, notwithstanding all time having expired, there be two minutes equally divided rye to each vote and all votes be 10-minute votes upon disposition of is 39, the senate proceed to immediately vote on adoption of s. con. res. 8 as amended. the presiding officer: is there objection? a senator: reserving the right to object, i will not object mr. menendez: i do want our colleagues to understand that some of these amendments that the chairlady just asked to be put in order are incredibly fundamental, important foreign policy issues that you do not do at 3:00 in the morning and change the dynamics of the middle east, change the dynamics of our national security and interests in international organizations. that's what some of these amendments will to. and you don't do it in a budget
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process. do you it through regular order in a committee that ultimately can hear both sides, as we have succeeded so far in this session in a very bipartisan way. so i will not object because of the gentlelady's effort to get us to a conclusion. but i will be urging all of our colleagues to oppose all of those amendments because this is foreign policy on the fly, and it is dangerous. and we send very important messages when we cast votes in certain ways that can affect the balance of stability in the middle east, that can affect our relationships across the world, that can affect our effectiveness in institutions that we need at the end of the day to promote our national security and our national interests. mrs. murray: madam president? the presiding officer: is there objection? the senator from washington. mrs. murray: madam president, i would hope that we would defeat these amendments. but, madam president, if there are no objections -- if there's no objection -- the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection.
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mrs. murray: madam president, we will then move to these amendments again. all senators sitting in your seats vote. we will get through these as quickly as possible. mr. enzi: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from wyoming. mr. enzi: i have an inquiry i'd like to make a unanimous consent that we be able to use our electronic devices while we're sitting at our desks on the floor so that we might get any communication that we need from our staff and also so that we can be productive while we're sitting at our desks more rapidly answering. the presiding officer: objection is heard. there are now two minutes equally divided. a senator: madam president? mr. barrasso: madam president? the presiding officer: the clerk will report en bloc. the clerk: amendments en bloc for mr. about a a a so 184, mr. paul 183, vitter 526, vitter
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338, coons 471, mr. cruz 702, mr. lee 673, mr. lee 521, for mr. coburn 4114, for mr. coburn number 416, for mr. coburn number 709, mr. portman 154, mr. leahy 710, and for mr. inhofe number 139. the presiding officer: there are now two amendments -- two minutes equally divided. prior to a vote. mr. barrasso: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from wyoming. mr. barrasso: i'd like to call up amendment 184. the presiding officer: it is penpending. mr. barrasso: president obama set forth the goal of doubling our exports in five years. three years later we are not on the pace to achieve that gel. one problem is the e.p.a. is blocking exports. e.p.a. is blocking exports on
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account of the greenhouse gas eations. those exports would produce outside the united states. that is, after they leave our shores. this is a dangerous precedent. it will hurt exports of automobiles, aircraft, and heavy equipment such as tractors. these amendments prohibits federal agencies from blocking exports on account of greenhouse gas emissions. those exports would produce after they leave the united states. i ask for the yeas and nays. mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the senator from washington. mrs. murray: before we go to the yeas and nays, can i just say, in setting an example for the evening, i will be less than one minute. we believe this is current law. we will accept a voice vote. the presiding officer: the yeas and nays were already ordered on this amendment. does the senator from wyoming -- mr. barrasso: a voice vote would be acceptable. the presiding officer: without objection, the yoins ar -- the s
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and nays are vitiated. all in favor say aye. all opposed, say no. the amendment is agreed to. the senator from kentucky. mr. paul: on behalf of senator mcconnell and myself, i introduce this amendment to create a bridges fund. we've done considerable nation-building abroad. i think it's time we do some nation-building at home. we have two bridges in our state -- spence bridge and the sherman bridge that need repored and replace. we don't have enough known our highway trust fund. this would create a new bridges fund coming from money we are currently sending overseas to build bridges overseas so it would bring foreign aid money back home to the united states where it is needed. it would also take some money from the department of energy loans which i think could be more useful here at home to build bridges. so i urge adoption of this
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amendment which would allow a new creation of a bridges fund, which i think our country desperately needs. thank you. mrs. murray: mr. president, the senate budget resolution that is in front of us that we are thoapg get passed tonight providing strong investments in transportation infrastructure. it fully funds map-21, the recent highway bill. it provides $50 billion for urgent transportation needs and another $10 billion for an infrastructure bank. we could put more funding towards transportation projects and fund some good projects but not without making cuts to other vital programs. the amendment before us will make unnecessary and deep cuts to foreign aid and energy programs. i oppose this amendment and ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or change their vote? if not, on it yes, the ayes are 26, the nays are 2. amendment is not agreed to. mrs. murray: to have to reconsider. the presiding officer: without objection. there are two minutes equally divided prior to a vote on amendment 526 offered by mr. vitter.
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vitter vitter thank you, mr. president. mr. president, this amendment would require photo idea i.e.d.es ti.e.d.es participate l elections. the present justice department is trying to shut down this practice unreasonably by opposing it in many, many states. this would clarify that and mandate the federal i.d.'s just as we do in many other less consequential acts like air travel. i ask for the yeas and nays. mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from -- is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the yeas and nays are ordered. the senator from washington. mrs. murray: mr. president, voter photo identification laws are overly burdensome and have the abet to disenfranchise voters. we should not attempt to institute these policies nationwide, especially at 3:15 in the morning on a budget resolution. i recommend my colleagues oppose
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this amendment. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or change their vote 123 the ayes are 44, the nays are 54678 the amendment is not agreed to. mrs. murray: notify to reconsider. the presiding officer: without objection. there are taboo amendments -- two minutes equally divided prior it a vote on amendment number 338 offered by mr. vitter.
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mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator if washington. mrs. murray: i would just note there is nothing in the unanimous consent request that precedes a senator from withdrawing an amendment. the presiding officer: i thank the senator from washington. the senator from louisiana. mr. vitter: i certainly thank the honorable chairwoman for that kind note but i do move forward with my amendment. this amendment is simple. it ends the cell phone welfare entitlement. i yield back my time and ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the yeas and nays are ordered. mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: access to a telephone -- [inaudible] -- to anyone trying to communicate with their femme. since 1999, the lifeline program has made it easier for low-income americans to have a phone by providing a small monthly subsidy towards bake service. the program has seen an influx
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in new users over the past cephal years after the eligibility expanded to include mobile phones. the f.c.c. issued and order in january 2012 to attack waste, fraud, and abuse in the program and that order has been successful. i recommend that my colleagues oppose this amendment. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.
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the presiding officer: is there any senator wishing to change the vote? if not the yeas are 46. the nays are 53. the amendment is not agreed to. there are two minutes equally divided. mrs. murray: move to reconsider. the presiding officer: without objection. there are two minutes equally divided prior to a vote on amendment offered by mr. cruz. mr. cruz: mr. president, this amendment would create a deficit neutral reserve fund to reduce foreign assistance to egypt and increase funding for an east coast missile defense shield. two weeks ago the secretary of state announced that he had freed up an additional $250 million in unconditional economic support funds for the government of egypt. this was in the midst of the
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sequester at the same time the american people were told there were insufficient funds to pay for police officers and firefighters and teachers and even white house tours. all of us are concerned about the situation in egypt, a nation that among other things has repeatedly turned a blind eye to the abuse of women and to the persecution of christians. last week the european union threatened to hold its $5 billion euro pledge of economic aid to egypt absent meaningful reforms. we should do at least as well as the e.u. this amendment would reduce in an unspecified amount the foreign aid to egypt and allow that money to be put to vital national security ends here at home, namely missile defense. i ask that the amendment be adopted. mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: i yield my time to the the senator from new jersey the chairman of the foreign relations committee. the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey.
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mr. menendez: that money that the senator referred to is money already existing and was at a critical time. the united states and egypt have a long-standing security relationship that's vital to the stability of the middle east and the security of the region. our aid to egypt is tied directly to the camp david accords which have acted to stabilize the middle east and help serve america and israel's security for the past 35 years. it can't be put at risk. we also have significant interest in egypt in countering terrorism, addressing the deteriorating security in the sinai and maintaining preferential access to the suez canal. we cannot give the egyptian leaders a blank check but can't have a collapsed economy sea israel would face immediate consequences of. this is the type of amendment that does not consider the
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checks and balances and the complexity of the issue. i urge my colleagues to vote against the amendment. the presiding officer: the question is on the amendment. a senator: i ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? a sufficient second is noted. the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: any senator wishing to change his vote? the yeas are 25, the nays are 74. the amendment is not agreed to. there are two minutes equally divided prior to a vote on amendment 702 offered by mr. cruz. mr. cruz: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from texas. mr. cruz: this amendment would create a budget point of order prohibiting any measure that provides taxpayer funds to the united nations while any member nation forces citizens to undergo involuntary abortions. i recognize that members of this body have differing views on the right to life, but surely all of
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us can be agreed that for a woman to be forced against her will to abort her child is a horrific evil. and yet, the world was shocked when photographs surfaced last year of 23-year-old phang ja mi and her aborted child. china acknowledged under its one-child policy it has carried out 336 million abortions, more than the entire population of the united states. 336 lives that never breathed a breath of life on this air. in 1997 the house passed a forced abortion condemnation act that unfortunately died in the senate. this body should condemn that policy. mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: i yield my time to the chairman of the foreign relations committee, the senator from new jersey. the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey. mr. menendez: mr. president,
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no one -- no one in this body supports forced abortions. no one. however, the united nations has no authority to control the acts of any individual nation. instead of punishing the country that maybe -- that is carrying out the bad policy, this amendment would go after an entity that has no control over the policy and all the while negatively impacting our national interest. peacekeeping -- because it takes away all funding to the united nations if such a member country is engaged in such acts. peacekeeping operations in the golan heights, in the darfur, congo, funding for syrian refugees which is threatening the instability of jordan and lebanon fund for the international atomic agency. these are reasons this amendment
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should be voted against. the presiding officer: the question is on the amendment. those in favor say aye. mr. cruz: i ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: is there any senator wishing to change his vote? if not on this question the ayes are 38. the nays are 61. the amendment is not agreed to. mrs. murray: move to reconsider. the presiding officer: without objection. there are now two minutes equally divided prior to a vote on amendment number 673 offered by mr. lee. mr. lee: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator is recognized. mr. lee: mr. president, my amendment would establish a
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point of order for any piece of legislation brought before this body that would undermine the sacred right protected by the first amendment to bear arms -- or the second amendment. it's late. it's important that we safeguard this right so that the government doesn't intrude upon it. that's why i've introduced this amendment. i urge my colleagues to support it. thank you. the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: mr. president, i raise a point of order that the pending amendment is not germane to the underlying resolution therefore violates section 305-b-2 of the congressional budget act of 1974. mr. lee: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from utah. mr. lee: i move to waive section 305-b-2 of the congressional budget act for the consideration of the pending amendment pursuant to 904-c of the congressional budget act of 1974 and ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will call the roll.
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the presiding officer: on this vote the yeas are 50, nays 49. three-fifth of the senators not having voted in the affirmative the motion is not agreed to. the point of order is sustained and the amendment fails. without objection. there are now two minutes equally divided prior to a vote on amendment number 521 offered by mr. lee. mr. lee: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from utah. mr. lee: the payment in lieu of taxes program was established
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to compensate local taxes authorities such as counties for a tax revenue loss due to the presence of federal public land. unfortunately, the funding for this program has never been offered to the degree necessary to in fact offset this revenue. in states like mine where most of the land is owned by the federal government, this is a big problem because our taxing authorities are not able to get the revenue they need from this land and as a result programs ranging from public education to fire and safety programs, the basic services of government, are not able to be met because of inadequate revenue. this amendment seeks to ensure that funding for the payment in lieu of taxes program is at least roughly equivalent to the lost property tax revenues due to the presence of public land. i urge each of my colleagues to support this amendment. mrs. murray: mr. president, we would take this on a voice vote. mr. president?
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mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: mr. president, i would ask the senate to accommodate us. we're willing to give it to you. a senator: let's do it. the presiding officer: the question is on the amendment. all those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the amendment is agreed to. there are now two minutes equally divided prior to a vote on an amendment numbered 414 offered by mr. coburn. mr. coburn: i ask unanimous consent to withdraw the amendment. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. [applause] the presiding officer:. the presiding officer: two minutes equally divided prior to amendment offered by mr. coburn. mr. coburn: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma is recognized. mr. coburn: with a lot of consternation we're worried about how the sequester affects everybody, the defense department and automatic other agencies. the pentagon spends $67 billion
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on things that have absolutely nothing to do with defense. and so all we'll be doing is creating a deficit-neutral reserve fund to move this non-defense spending, either move it or eliminate it from the defense department. the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: mr. president, it's important to reduce wasteful spending and ensure all federal funding is spent efficiently, effectively. mr. president, the budget resolution is not the appropriate place for funding decisions at a subprogrammatic level. i recommend my colleagues oppose this amendment. the presiding officer: the question is on the amendment. all those in favor say aye. mr. coburn: i ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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mr. durbin: it's very hear the clerk to hear each of the senators as they respond. the clerk may proceed.
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the presiding officer: any wishing to chain their vote? if wanted, the ayes are 43, the nays are 56 and the amendment is not agreed to. mrs. murray: reconsider. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: before we go to the next vote, i would like to thank all the pages. they've sat here all night working and i would like to thank them. [applause]
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[applause] the presiding officer: there are two minutes equally divided prior to a vote on amendment number 709, offered by mr. coburn. mr. coburn: mr. president, 3 1/2 years ago we instructed the g.a.o. to tell us where the government problems were, what are the government programs and where was there duplication. we have yet to pass one piece of legislation that would eliminate any of the duplication in the federal government. not one. and what this does is combine 17 different amendments that i had offered on this budget to create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to cause us to force us to look
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at all these programs by area and consolidate them. so what this amendment would do, very specific, doesn't say you eliminate, says you consolidate, you get efficiency, you get effectiveness and you look to make sure that when we're spending tax dollars, that they're actually accomplishing something and they're doing it in the most efficient and effective way. i ask for the yeas and nays on this amendment. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the yeas and nays are ordered. the senator from washington. mrs. murray: mr. president, the budget already includes a deficit reduction reserve fund for the elimination, consolidation and reform of federal programs to achieve savings. and our budget goes even further to instruct committees to review the g.a.o. report on duplication and asks committees to use this information to reduce overlap and identify efficiencies. the budget does not single out individual programs because we believe that sorting through duplication should be the role of our authorizing committees.
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that is why we have specifically instructed committees to review g.a.o.'s findings on duplication in their high-risk list. therefore, i urge our colleagues to oppose this amendment. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: on this question, the ayes are 62, the nays are 37. the amendment is agreed to. there are now two minutes equally divided prior to the vote on amendment number 154, offered by mr. portman. mr. portman: mr. president, this should be an easy one. it's simply an amendment that says that here in the united states senate, we should have better information to be able to legislate better. it's information, by the way, that the house of representatives already has. surely we would want the information in the senate that the house of representatives has as they pursue tax reform. this says that the congressional budget office should provide the joint tax committee macroeconomic analysis of tax reform. so it only applies to tax bills over a certain amount, $5 billion a year.
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i've worked with the joint committee on taxation and the congressional budget office to ensure that this is something that would not require more work because the analysis is already done but it's not provided to us. under a 2003 rule in the house, it is provided to the ways and means committee. it's required to be provided. but not to us. so we've heard a lot of discussion over the last several days about the need for tax reform, democrats and republicans agree on that, agree it ought to be pro-growth. the president has called for it. this would enable us to legislate more wisely. the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: i yield to the chairman of the finance committee, the senator from montana. the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president, th the -- the amendment would require something called dynamic scoring. the joint committee on tax which provides us with information on how to score revenue measures uses conventional scoring. it's been doing this for years and years. and they do utilize the
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secondary effects what they do conventional scoring. dynamic scoring goes many steps further. it tries to dissipate the macroeconomic fact down the road and basic the what ben bernanke does and other stick aters, it's -- stick aters -- stick merits and others, it's very, very hard to do. so it causes great swings. it would be close to mark, it would be off the mark. in addition, this amendment would require dynamic scoring only with respect to revenue measures. it would not require it with respect to spending measures. c.b.o. does spending. they use conventional scoring. and i might say also that in a footnote, joint committee on tax already gives its best guess to what the dynamic scoring would be although that's not the numbers they use when they're trying to estimate the budget effect. so i think it would be a big mistake to could dew this at this time.
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the presiding officer: the senator from ohio. mr. portman: may i have an additional 15 seconds. first of all, the additional -- the presiding officer: without objection. objection is heard. mr. portman: the official score would -- the status score would still be the status score. this would simply i object informational. the presiding officer: the question is on the amendment. all those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes appear to have it. a senator: can for the yeas and nays. mr. portman portman: oh, the aye t. thank you, mr. president. a senator: yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: any senator wishing to change his vote. the ayes are 51, the nays are had. the amendment is agreed to. mr. two minute equally divide prior to a vote aamendment number 710, -- on amendment number 710, offered by mr. leahy. mr. leahy: mr. president, this amendment is -- the presiding officer: the senate will please come to order. mr. leahy: mr. president, this amendment is very clear and it anticipates another amendment coming up by another senator. but the united states can negotiate treaties -- for example, the armed trade treat e treaty -- but under the supreme court, reid v. cobart, 1956, our constitution trumps any agreement made in a treaty by our government. so all my amendment does is make clear the united states should not agree to any arms trade treaty that would violate our
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second amendment rights. it's straightforward. it respects our constitutional rights but it also gives our government the flexibility it needs to negotiate treaties. i'd be happy with a voice vote. mr. inhofe: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: mr. president, i think this is a good amendment. i want to make it very coleagues, though, this has nothing to do with my -- very clear, though, this has nothing to do with my amendment that comes up next. this merely talks about negotiating treaties. mine is about the -- the -- upholding the second amendment rights. so i would have no objection to going ahead and taking this by voice vote. the presiding officer: the question is on the amendment offered by the senator from vermont. all those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the ayes do have it and the amendment is agreed to. mrs. murray: move to reconsider. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. there are two minutes -- mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: before going to
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that. i want to ask unanimous consent. senator sessions and i have been able to clear an additional amendment, durbin-moran number 525. i ask unanimous consent the amendment be considered and agreed to. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. there are now two minutes equally divided prior to a vote on the last amendment, number 139, offered by mr. inhofe. mr. inhofe: thank you, mr. president. i want to make sure everyone understands what the united nations trade treaty is. the trade treaty is a treaty that cedes our authority to have trades -- trade agreements with our allies in terms of the trading arms. now, i want to just real briefly read this so nobody over there or over here misunderstands what this amendment does. this is right out of the amendment. "uphold the second amendment rights" -- that's one thing -- "and, secondly, "prevent the united states from entering into the united nations arms trade
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treaty." i retain the balance of my time. mrs. murraymrs. murray: i yielde chairman of the income is, the senator from vermont. the presiding officer: the senator from vermont is recognized. mr. leahy: mr. president, we're presently negotiating an arms trade treaty which helps keep arms out of terrorists. we have people like joseph coney who's out murdering children and he has -- he's able to do it because he can take part in international arms trade. we're trying to stop those things. but my earlier amendment makes it very clear, we cannot trump our own second amendment rights but we can stop these children from being killed because of this. that's why i oppose the inhofe treaty. let our negotiators negotiate. any treaty still has to come back they're get a two-thirds vote anyway. the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma has 18 seconds remaining.
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mr. inhofe: mr. president, first of all, the idea that we would have to go to an international body to decide whether or not we could trade arms with israel is pretty disgusting. i want to -- i'll make sure everyone understands, this is the first time, probably the last time this year, that you're going to have a chance, an opportunity to vote for your second amendment rights. i think you ought to take advantage of that. the presiding officer: question is on the amendment. the yeas and nays have been requested. is there a sufficient second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: mr. president. the presiding officer: can we
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have order. mr. reid: thank you. mr. president, first of all, over the last two decades, the average budget resolution considered 78 amendments. we've done 101. the average vote-a-rama, 35 amendments, we've done 70, twice as many. doing this has been a herculean feat but it's been done by the leadership of senator murray with senator sessions. but i think we all should recognize how hard this has been for some of them. [applause] mr. reid: i note the absence of a quorum. yes, i would be -- ofnlgt. the presiding officer: does the majority leader withdraw his
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request for a quorum? mr. reid: yes. the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i just want to commend senator murray, senator sessions, and you, leader, for conducting an open and complete and full debate. i know everyone is exhausted and you may not feel it at the moment, but this is one of the senate's finest days in recent years, and i commend everyone who's participated in this extraordinary debate. mr. reid: mr. president, we're going to -- we don't have to have a quorum call. we're not going to vet from our desks. everybody can go back to the regular disorder. we're going to vote. the presiding officer: the regular order is two minutes equally divide divide prior to e adoption of the resolution.
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mrs. murray: everybody wants to leave. it is early in the morning. i want to thank nor sessions for a vigorous debate and for all of our colleagues for participating in this. i'm very proud of the budget that we are about to pass and i urge a "yes" vote. mr. sessions: mr. president, i am so -- i have so enjoyed working with -- the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: -- the chairman. she's done a great job. she's managed this group like we needed to be managed -- like we needed to be managed. and i'm disappointed in the budget. it does not do the job for our time. i thank the chair and look forward to the vote. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there is. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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the presiding officer: are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or change their vote? if not, the ayes are 50, the nays are 49. and the concurrent resolution is agreed to. mrs. murray: move to reconsider. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. murray:ly that on the taifnl. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. murray: madam president, the senate has passed a budget.
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madam president, i want to thank all of my colleagues. i especially want to thank our staff who have literally spent weeks and weeks and days and hours -- evan schatz and john rider and everyone whose names i will put into the record. but they are sitting behind us here tonight, and -- as well as senator sessions and all of his staff. but it is a tribute to their hard work and my lost voice that we are sitting here tonight ready to take the next step to get our country back on a better fiscal path. i thank the president. i yield the floor. mr. sessions: madam president, i also would -- the presiding officer: the senator is recognized. mr. sessions: -- like to thank the staff. my group is here, and senator murray, your team is fabulous. you know, we work hard on bills that come through the senate and there are a lot of challenges, but few are bigger than this for
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the whole, all of these amendment, hundreds of them that come thriewrks and it is a real challenge and i congratulate the staff. and i congratulate your team. i hope that we can continue to have good relations as we go forward and work together. i would mention marcus pea cock, my chief staff director, who just was fabulous. he has enjoyed every minute of this. i asked him how he was doing and he said, i'm going to be sorry tomorrow when it's over. but maybe that's a sign of sickness. i don't know. dan kowalski, jean edmunds, matt garou, andrew herthur, carey kelley, joseph mccormick, greg mcneil, carlson millsap, kim procter, paul winfrey, steven
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miller, andrew logan, katie moses. i think that got everybody. tori has done a great job working on these amendments. again, i would like it thank senator murray for her leadership, helping us get through this difficult time, and it is good to say that, as of this time, 5:00 a.m., there has not been a day without a budget being passed in the united states senate. [laughter] mrs. murray: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
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the presiding officer: the senator from arkansas is recognized. mr. pryor: i ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection.
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mr. pryor: i ask unanimous consent that on monday, april 8, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., the senate proceed to executive session to consider the following nomination: calendar number 14. that there be 30 minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form, that upon the use or yielding back of time, the senate proceed to vote without intervening action or debate on the nomination, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, that no further motions be in order, that any related statements be printed in the record, that the president be immediately notified of the senate's action, and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session to consider the follow nominations: calendar numbers 18, 19, and 20. that the senate proceed to vote without intervening action or debate on the nominations in the
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order listed, the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, that no further motions be in order to the nominations, that any related statements be printed in the record, that the president be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: madam president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session to consider the following nominations: calendar numbers 55, 56, 57, and 58 and all nominations placed on the secretary's desk in the air force, army, and marine corps. that the nominations be confirmed en bloc, the motions be considered -- the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debated, that no further motions be in order to any of the nominations, that any related statements be printed in the record, that the
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president be immediately notified of the senate's action, and the president then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: madam president, i ask unanimous consent the commerce committee be discharged from further consideration of s. res. 37 and the senate proceed to its immediate consideration. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: s. res. 37, expressing the sense of the senate in disapproving the proposal of the international olympic committee executive board to eliminate wrestling from the summer olympic games beginning in 2020. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. pryor: i further ask that the resolution be agreed torque the preamble an gred t agreed te motions to reconsider be laid maid and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to consideration of s. con. res. 11, submitted earlier today.
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the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk will report. the clerk: s. con. res. 11, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the senate and adjournment of the house of representatives. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. pryor: i ask unanimous consent the concurrent resolution be agreed to and the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection mr. pryor: i ask unanimous consent that notwithstanding the senate's recess, committees be authorized to report legislative and executive matters on friday, april 5, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: i ask unanimous consent that during the adjournment or recess of the senate, senators reed of rhode island, levin and rockefeller be
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authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: i ask unanimous consent that notwithstanding the upcoming recess or adjournment of the senate, the president of the senate, the president pro tempore, and the majority and minority leaders be authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action of the two houses, or by order of the senate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: madam president, i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today, it adjourn and convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted, on the following dates and times and that following each pro forma session, the senate adjourn until the next pro forma session. tuesday, march 26, at 4:30 p.m.; friday, march 29, at 10:30 a.m.; tuesday, april 2, at 10:45 a.m.;
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and friday, april 5, at 3:00 p.m. and that the senate adjourn on friday, april 5, until 2:00 p.m. on monday, april 8, 2013, unless the senate receives a message from the house that it has adopted s. con. res. 11, the adjournment resolution. and that if the senate receives such a message, the senate adjourn until 2:00 p.m. on monday, april 8, 2013. that on monday, following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the journal of proceedings be approved to date and the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day. and that following any leader remarks, the senate be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m. with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. further, that the senate then proceed to executive session
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under the previous order. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: madam president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
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mr. pryor: madam president? i would ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: so ordered. mr. pryor: i ask unanimous consent that the senate resume executive session to consider calendar numbers 18, 19, and 20 under the previous order. the presiding officer: without objection.
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the chair will consider the nominations en bloc. the question is on the confirmation of the nominations en bloc. all in favor say aye. all opposed, no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the nominations are confirmed en bloc. mr. pryor: madam president, i ask that we resume legislative session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: madam president, the next roll call vote will be at 5:30 p.m. on monday, april 8. if there is no further business to come before the senate, i ask that it adjourn under the previous order. the presiding officer: the senate stands adjourned
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